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This is my country too. 

 I was lucky; I had a good father and mother who believed in “God and Country”. Unlike so many in this world, life for me was one of growing up loving not just my family, but the great country that allowed me to be free and able to choose what life I wanted, just because I had a good mom and dad who believed in hard work and a country worth fighting for. My dad served 33 years in the United States Air force, mixed in was the U.S. Army, then the Army Air Corps, and finally the Air Force. He served in uniform, saw, WWII, Korean War, Vietnam War and Gulf War One, all before he passed away. But, along the way he gave his country four sons and two daughters. All four sons served in the military. I, along with two brothers and one of my sons served in Army Special Intelligence, the other brother served in the Navy. All together our family gave our country 136 years of active duty service. So you can see, we believed in this great country called the “United States of America”, and all of us were willing to give our lives, if needed, for the country we all loved so dearly. My father and I were both wounded in combat, leaving Gregory blood on foreign soil, to preserve the dream of “America” as well as the reality of it. No one can ever say that this is not “my country too!”

I have a set of slides and pictures that are saved on my computer, and I have it set on “Slide Show” to remind me that to serve there is a price, and a price that not all are willing to pay. That is alright with me, I believe we can serve our America in more ways than enlisting into one of our Armed Forces. Just being a good citizen is “Serving this great land” and a very good way if you believe in what you are doing and it is to help grow this country rather than tear it down, after all, “This is my country too”!

Today we have an administration that is “Transforming” America, into what they believe in, not what our forefathers designed and paid a heavy price to give us a country once governed by that document they so eloquently wrote to provide a wonderful way to govern this great America. The “Constitution” was meant to provide the laws we should and have been governed by, prior to that promised and delivered “Transformation” leading us down the road to “Socialism” rather than the “Republic”, the “Great Experiment” of a government governed by the people, rather than “One Man” or his administration. We have but one last chance to restore what we once knew, a country governed by that document “of the people, for the people and by the people”, not what we know now. Please make sure your voice is heard Nov. 2016 so that we can return to the dream of our forefathers, after all, it is “Your country too”!

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Ten Commandments of Human Relations

The fundamental issue in human ethical behavior is summarized by Jesus in what we have come to call "The Golden Rule." Jesus put it this way:

So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets (Matthew 7:12 TNIV).

It asks us to test our treatment of others by putting ourselves in their place. Treat others the way you would want them to treat you in the same or similar circumstance.

Somebody took that principle and translated it into Ten Commandments of Human Relations. You may have seen this anonymous piece, for it circulates in a variety of settings. In case you have missed it, I am reproducing it here.

Speak to people. There is nothing as nice as a cheerful word of greeting.

Smile at people. It takes 72 muscles to frown, only 14 to smile.

Call people by name. It is music to anyone’s ears to hear the sound of his or her name.

Be friendly and helpful.

Be cordial. Speak and act as if everything you do is genuinely a pleasure. If it isn’t, learn to make it so.

Be genuinely interested in people. You can like almost anyone, if you try.

Be generous with praise, cautious with criticism.

Be considerate of the feelings of others. There are usually three sides to a controversy — yours, the other fellow’s, and the correct one.

Be alert to serve. What counts most in life is what you do for others.

Live with a good sense of humor, a generous dose of patience, and a dash of humility appropriate to being human.

Made in God’s image, all of us have something to be valued!

The great challenge in human experience is not work skills, but people skills. That is, research has shown that the majority of people who fail in their vocation do so because they cannot get along with people.

You might think through the meaning of these ten common-sense ideas for your own workplace and personal activity. But what about the larger setting for your daily life? These principles work everywhere you go, for they are about showing respect to the people you meet in all those places.

Made in God’s image, all of us have something to be valued, affirmed, and acknowledged by others. But let it begin with us to acknowledge it in them. As the cycle of giving and receiving enlarges, the human community comes alive.

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